A few spring days of 100 degrees
here in Las Vegas caught me off guard,
and has killed the top of my Pepper tree
but it's now sprouting green all around the base
Where should i cut the trunk off at...if at all?
It's a newly planted tree, only about a 1.5" in diameter,
and stands about 10 feet tall.
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Where in Vegas do you live? If I were you, I'd replace the tree. If you
want, you can let it grow up from the base/roots - let the healthiest
shoot(s) grow and see what it does. Probably won't look as good is it would
Did you keep the tree well watered? By now it's been 100+ for a while in
Vegas. Your tree has been in trouble for a long time, you just didn't know
it. I lived near Nellis for a while, and in Henderson for several years.
I"ve lost several trees, and by the time I realized the tree was in trouble,
it was too late. Young trees (and mature trees) need regular deep watering
during spring, summer and fall in Vegas, and some water in winter does not
I live in Southwest LV
I planted the pepper tree late last fall,
without a water system (that's why I got in trouble)
but now I have a Drip system installed.
I wanted to keep the tree, because it's alive,
and I'm really not concerned about looks
(it's in the back-yard)
I thought there might be something "standard"
done in this situation -- short of replacing it.
But, maybe I'll experiment, by cutting
some of the dead/top off until it look reasonable.
On 24 Jun 2006 16:45:03 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
You can just cut it above the highest green shoots and see what
happens. It sounds like this will result in a lopped-off trunk, which
is not a good things for most trees. The new sprouts are probably not
attached as well as the original branch structure. If there is any
property or human activity under the tree, I would remove it now
before it can get big and heavy. If it is in the open lawn, I'd say
give saving it a try, if you are so inclined. Just don't expect too
much for your efforts. Consider planting a replacement this fall to
hedge your bets.
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